Merry Christmas to You and Yours

The Christmas lights swoop and twinkle over the eaves. The ornaments perch in the boughs of a plump pine tree. The tablecloth is spread evenly, every wrinkle effaced, the centerpiece in the exact center of the dining room table. All those boxes, hefted from attics or basements, have been squirreled away into corners, patiently waiting until the decorations must come down again. But for now, just take a deep breath. Look around and appreciate your handiwork. You are finally done!

So let the holiday visitors file in. Let them witness the garland winding meticulously around your tree, the small, reindeer-drawn sleigh bumping along your mantel, the tender nativity scene huddled near the window. Once they see the time you’ve invested as well as your astute taste in decor, they are sure to shower you in compliments. What’s more, you have created a veritable haven for them. The holidays are best spent basking in a parade of warm colors and cheery decorations. Food just tastes better, words just seem warmer when you are immersed in a beautiful atmosphere. You have provided that atmosphere. Great job, stylish host, but now it’s time for a little break. Kick back, grab a sliver of fruit cake (or don’t), and watch your visitors revel in your well-decorated home.

How did you beautify your home this holiday season? What are your home decor plans for next year? Spread the inspiration and have a happy holiday!

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